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Feeling Better Already

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

As I said yesterday, I have been off track for the last several months but yesterday I got back on! Things did not fling apart completely so I'm not starting at zero again, not even close, but compared to where I was I did slip away quite a bit. But yesterday I was very disciplined with my eating and resting--it was my one day off of work and exercise per week--and already I feel better. My mind is clearer, I have more energy today than I have of late, I feel optimistic, etc.

Life has been hard over the last 1.5 years, and especially the last several months. I would love to write about it but honestly I'm concerned that some of the people involved in my stress might stumble across my blog and I don't want that to happen. So I'm going to keep the particulars to myself and just say this--it's been hard! And constant. And around the clock.

This is what it is, but it wasn't good to neglect my diet and exercise life as a way of coping with stress and/or managing my time day by day. This has turned around now. Today I'm going to workout for the first time in months. I've been active but not very intentional. But today that changes. I'll write about my goals tomorrow because I'm very excited about them, for now, I'm off to the races, fixing my eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfector of my faith!

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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BILL60 11/23/2011 8:44AM

    Welcome back, my friend. Hang tough!!

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FRAN0426 11/22/2011 2:15PM

    Good for you that you have decided to ramp up the exercising and watching the food intake once again----one day at a time.

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JO0926 11/22/2011 9:41AM

    Best of luck to you!! God bless.


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Getting back on Track

Monday, November 21, 2011

This here is an honest blog!

I've lost it. After the TRAM (300 mile bike ride in SE Minnesota) last August I just lost focus and then the weeks went by and one day I turned around and realized that I had lost my rhythm and discipline. I was losing fitness and gaining weight but I didn't do anything about it.

And of course, it's a law of the universe, established by the Lord himself--you reap what you sow. One day gave way to another and my commitment to self-care for the glory of Christ waned...and waned.

I don't know how much I weigh right now because I don't want to get on the scale. And I don't know how out of shape I am because I haven't been to the gym or on the bike in a long time. So here's the plan: get back into the rhythm I already know and love for a couple of weeks and then weigh in!

It's not so much a denial thing as it is a momentum thing. I can deal with whatever I weigh but I'd rather feel strong, see a decent number, and then work hard, hard, hard to reach my main goal for this year: push past the 200 barrier and get to 190 lbs by July 1, 2012!

Today is actually my only day off each week so I'll be resting. I plan to keep my cals at 1500 today and have a good start at that so far. And I feel good about resting as I played in a 2.5 hour football game yesterday and got a very good workout in. So today I rest and then tomorrow I attack the gym. The plan is not to take it easy but to hit it hard and assess where I'm at. I can recover later! Plus I want to shock my body into realizing that it's time to get back on track.

And as far as nutrition goes, I'm going to shoot for about 1800 cals per day because that's what it takes for me to lose the kind of weight I want to lose this year.

Why did this happen? Simply put, I let some very significant stresses in my life get to me, I took my eyes off the Lord and his best plan for me, I stopped taking care of myself and started turning toward "comfort foods," going out, and "rest"--translate "laziness."

I can't remember how many times I've said to myself over the last couple of months, "I'll get back on track tomorrow." Those days are over--I am back on track today!

Pray for me, and thanks for reading.


Exercise on a Ladder Today!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lately, in order to make extra money to pay for my wife's medical insurance, I have been painting the exterior of an industrial building for a friend of mine. It's going well and the money is good but holy smokes I forgot how much it takes to go up and down a ladder 70 or 80 times in a day!

I should be done next week and then it's back to the gym but for now, I'm enjoying the exercise!

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BILL60 10/27/2011 7:18AM

    Some times we do what we have to do. Way to go!! You're a super human being.

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TIMOTHYNOHE 10/26/2011 8:33PM

    She(WMBO) was absolutely stunned that I was up on a ladder within 24 hours of finishing a marahton.

What can I say?

I'm a bad ass.

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Back on SP after a Few Months

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

For the first time since March of 2009, I actually backed away from SP for a few months. I didn't really mean to do this, it just happened. After I returned from vacation in August, life got very busy, I was tired from a challenging summer, and something had to give. I don't know if I should have let SP be part of what gave, but that's what happened.

However, I've been through a few stressful things over these months and my diet and exercise have not remained as consistent as I would have liked. So I'm back and glad to be back and looking forward to reaching my goal of hitting 190 lbs by July 1, 2012.

I have much to write but it will have to wait until later. For now, great to be back, look forward to hearing from my SP friends!

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W5VEOTX 10/25/2011 9:05PM

    Welcome back ! We all need the support of Sparkpeople!

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FRAN0426 10/25/2011 3:45PM

    Welcome back to Spark People and happy sparking again.

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MNNICE 10/25/2011 1:27PM

    WB, Cyclist. Sparking does take time, but you know how to set goals and it won't be long before you're reaching them again!

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WINACHST 10/25/2011 9:48AM

    Welcome back!

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Blog about my Upcoming Blogs

Monday, August 15, 2011

Well, I'm having a hard time getting back into the SP groove after vacation but I'm getting there! I have so much to blog about but feel a bit confused as to where to start so I thought I'd use my blog to plan my future blogs. Here's what's coming up:

1. Summary of The Ride Across Minnesota (TRAM).
2. A more detailed description of each day.
3. Summary of our week of camping on the western shore of Lake Superior.
4. Detailed description of a bike ride Kim and I took.
5. Detailed description of our day trip to Canada.
6. My fitness goals for the fall.
7. My plan for reaching those goals.
8. After all this, I will share, in some detail, my plan for growing in my love of Jesus Christ this year.

Thanks much for reading, hope you have a great evening!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/16/2011 7:53AM

    Can't wait to read them all! Have you considered becoming the leader of the Virtual K Graduates team? I think you'd be great!

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TINYC887 8/15/2011 6:44PM

    sounds interesting

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